Longtime Testing Psychologist Community member, Dr. Emin Gharibian, is here to talk all about assessing criminal and civil competency. This is one of those episodes where I learned a great deal, simply by virtue of not knowing much about this area. Emin breaks things down in an easy-to-understand way that left me feeling like I could actually venture into the world of assessing competence (assuming I was *cough* competent enough to do so *cough*) without much fear. He also provided a few helpful articles for the show notes. Here are just a few things that we discuss:
- The difference between competency and insanity
- Definition of criminal competence
- Assessing malingering and poor effort in competency
- Why assessing criminal competency is easier than some other forms of assessment
- The difference between criminal and civil competency
Cool Things Mentioned
- Blog posts on criminal and civil competency in California
- Inventory of Legal Knowledge
- American Academy of Forensic Psychology workshops
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About Dr. Emin Gharibian
Dr. Emin Gharibian is a licensed psychologist (PSY 29643) specializing in neuropsychological and forensic evaluations. He has 10 years of education and training in clinical psychology and neuropsychology and extensive experience evaluating adults and adolescents for psychological and neuropsychological conditions in clinical, civil, and criminal cases. Dr. Gharibian is also appointed to the Los Angeles Juvenile Court Expert Witness Panel.
About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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